The year is 5769 on the Jewish calendar, that is. Yes, this evening marks one of the happiest days of the year. I don’t have too many new thoughts this time, besides what I expressed in 2007 and 2008, as well as in the message from last March 4.
What I mainly want to point out is that God doesn’t always work with miracles. Sometimes He is not so obvious, and works with a string of coincidences instead. The Book of Esther, which the holiday of Purim celebrates, is a fine example of the latter. When I lived in Florida, the church I attended there regularly hosted meetings with Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, the headmaster of the yeshiva in Hebron, Israel. Once he visited us at Purim, and I remember him saying that “a coincidence is G-d incognito.” Indeed, the Lord is not mentioned once in the Book of Esther, but His handiwork in the events of that story are visible, to anyone willing to see.
Last week I also shared a cartoon from the Jerusalem Post comic strip, Dry Bones. Here is another one, which explains the difference between Purim and the next holiday coming up, Passover:
When it comes to coincidences, I can agree. I’ve experienced a series of them over the past three years, starting with the rescue of a cardinal from a cat, in my Florida driveway at the beginning of 2006. If you’re not familiar with my story, read By the Grace of God and a Female Cardinal, on The Xenophile Historian, and A Mission From God on this blog. No doubt there will be more before my adventure in Kentucky is over.
Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays), to everyone reading this!